HE Ya-Zhou

MSc student


My major research interest is to study the interactions between begomoviruses (Family Geminiviridae, Genus Begomovirus) and their insect vector whitefly Bemisia tabaci. The circulation of viruses within the body of insect vectors involves complex interactions between virus and vector components. Previous analysis of transcriptional responses of whitefly to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCCNV) in our lab indicated that the cell cycle and primary metabolism of the whitefly can be perturbed by TYLCCNV. My aim is to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of whitefly cell cycle by begomoviruses to ensure their accumulation and spread.

I graduated from Huazhong Agricultural University in 2014 with a BSc degree in Plant Science and Technology. During my BSc study, I joined the research on protoplast regeneration and rejuvenation of Poria cocos (Schw.) Wolf, a medicinal mushroom in Chinese medicine.